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10 Tricks to Turn Around a "Fat" Day

Fast fixes for when you're feeling more fat and less than fab

10 Tricks to Turn Around a "Fat" Day

10 Tricks to Turn Around a

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You know how it goes. You wake up in the morning, glance at yourself in the mirror, and decide you're "too fat" to go anywhere. Instead of interacting with the outside world—mirrors! people!—you'd rather sit at home watching too many hours of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and eating cheese fries...with your hands. Hey, we've all been there. But would you believe us if we said it's all in your head?

It's true, say researchers at the University College London. Feeling thin or fat is an illusion constructed in our posterior parietal cortex—an area of the brain that integrates sensory information from different parts of the body. Unlike your sense of touch, there are no specialized receptors in your body that send information to the brain about the size and shape of your body parts, says lead study author Henrik Ehrsson, MD, PhD. "Instead, the brain appears to create a map of the body by integrating signals from the relevant body parts such as skin, joints and muscles, along with visual cues," he says.

Which means that if you spend the day sending your brain the wrong cues about your body, it's going to give you the wrong image.

To the rescue: Our expert-approved feeling-fat fixes that show you it's just as easy to feel fab as it is to feel fat.

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